The Quick Panels are revealed by dragging the top left and right handles. They contain actions to which one would generally want quick access – possible in the middle of a performance. Examples include:
- Changing the key/scale for a song which employs modal key changes (common in jazz)
- Changing the MIDI channel to control multiple instruments
- Reducing the Beam count temporarily to allow greater precision on a riff
Circular Toggle Buttons
The Quick Panel’s use a special control to give access to multiple settings while conserving space. There are 3 ways to change the value in a Circular Toggle Button:
- Tap: Increases toggle value by 1 unit
- Quick swipe up: Decreases the toggle value by 1 unit
- Drag Up/down: Dragging beyond a small threshold allows increasing and decreasing the setting by multiple values/positions quickly
The light segment in a Circular Toggle Button indicates the current position as well as gives an idea about how many values are available (smaller segment indicates more value).
MIDI Connections button — Go to the MIDI Connections settings section
Patch button — Takes you to the Settings screen
Key Toggle — Change the musical key. By default this increases/decreases chromatically but it can be set to shift by any interval amount (e.g Cirlce of Fifths). See the Global Settings section.
Scale Toggle — This control holds the scales that have been assigned as “Favourites” in the Key/Scales Settings Section. This allows you to pre-load a set of scales to use during a performance and change between them quickly
Scales Button — Tap “Scales” to segue to the full list of available keys and scales.
Beam Count Toggle — This controls how many beams are available in the entire motion range. It’s measured in Octaves so the actual number will vary per which scale is active. For example, the Major scale has 7 notes per octave, Major Pentatonic has 5, whereas Chromatic has 12.
A smaller number results in more physical space between individual notes making it easier to be precise. This might be useful for a bassline with a few very specific notes. A larger number allows you to trigger a broad range of notes in succession — useful perhaps for creating textured soundscapes or for a lead synth jam.
Use the Octave buttons (see Corner Buttons) to adjust the position of this note subset within the entire range of possible notes.
Bloom Set — Change amongst the different Blooms, each of which has buttons with different musical articulations. For instance, there is a Bloom that focuses on note harmonies and another than is designed for solo riffs. You may also change the Bloom by swiping with 3 fingers from the left or right edges of the screen.
External Pitchbend Button — Use this popup to align Sabre’s internal settings to the current min/max pitchbend of you synth or sampler patch. This allows for some special magic with vibrato and pitch bending (see Vibrato and Pitchbend).
MIDI Channel Toggle — Change the output channel for all the midi messages. Use this with your DAW or multi-timbral sampler/synth to control multiple instruments in quick succession
Custom User Button — A custom button which you can assign in the Settings section. Supports toggle and momentary modes and can be assigned to MIDI CC values as well as musical notes.
Drone Mode Toggle — Change between Sustain and Retrigger Drone modes
Centre Calibration Button — Press this button to re-calibrate the Beams’ mid-point to the current forward direction of the device
All Notes Off Button — Sometimes called a “Panic!” button. This sends the All Notes Off MIDI message to clear any stuck notes.